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Lawyers at odds over Restatement of Law covering liability insurance

W.J. Kennedy Sep. 23, 2016, 6:55am

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Insurance and business defense attorneys are sparring with the drafters of a powerful legal document that will influence the outcome of insurance liability cases.

With class members unaware of settlement, firm, founder and charities cash in

W.J. Kennedy Aug. 9, 2016, 9:27am

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Early this year, Howard Bernstein helped direct $1.7 million to 11 charities near his home in Lake Worth, FL -- among them, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

Are 'Restatements' from prominent group reshaping law?

W.J. Kennedy May 26, 2016, 11:53am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A series of memos that energized a core opposition of more than 100 lawyers won the day at a packed Ritz-Carlton ballroom.

'Gamesmanship' has both class action and corporate attorneys waiting on punishment

W.J. Kennedy May 17, 2016, 1:14pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge in Arkansas intends to sanction attorneys on both sides of a class action case who he says wasted his court’s time -- an unusual but emerging trend in the law, a University of Miami law professor says.

Still no movement on disclosure of third party litigation financing

W.J. Kennedy Apr. 21, 2016, 8:35am

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A U.S. Court rules committee again put off any action on whether to require disclosure of third-party litigation financing (TPLF), a rapidly expanding practice that has alarmed many in the legal system and the business community.

Sierra Club's legal theory in frackquake case draws 'Star Trek' comparison

W.J. Kennedy Apr. 1, 2016, 7:57am

The Sierra Club and Public Justice are taking a novel approach in citing the Resource Conservation and Recovering Act in a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma, according to several industry and environmental attorneys

Frackquake lawsuits present PR dilemma for industry, evidence hurdle for plaintiffs

W.J. Kennedy Mar. 28, 2016, 12:05pm

The negative publicity surrounding lawsuits alleging the oil and gas industry are responsible for earthquakes in Oklahoma is likely to cause more damage than the outcome of any of the suits - despite the plaintiffs' challenge of finding evidence tying fracking to the surge in activity.

Fla. court affirms AG's power to dismiss whistleblower lawsuits

W.J. Kennedy Feb. 29, 2016, 9:22am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - A Florida appeals court last week reaffirmed the state attorney general's authority to dismiss a whistleblower action under the state’s False Claims Act, even in cases in which the state chooses not to intervene in the action.